David Mann (artist)

David Mann ((1940-09-10)September 10, 1940 — (2004-09-11)September 11, 2004) was a California graphic player whose paintings celebrated biker culture, and choppers. Called "the biker world's artist-in-residence," his images are ubiquitous in biker clubhouses and garages, on motorcycle gas tanks, tattoos, and upon T-shirts and new memorabilia united with biker culture. Choppers have been built based upon the bikes first imagined in a David Mann painting.

In the words of an anthropologist studying biker culture in New Zealand, "Mann’s paintings set ‘outlaw’ Harley chopper motorcycles neighboring surreal backgrounds, and changed skylines, colourful images that commended the chopper motorcycle and the liberty of the edit road ... Many of his images captured the ‘Easyrider’ ethos – speed, the admittance road, long flowing hair – freedom." Most of his works were for the motorcycle industry, especially for motorcycle magazines.

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